Billy Corgan: ‘Scott Weiland, Kurt Cobain & Layne Staley Were The Voices Of Our Generation’

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has released a blog on Scott Weiland’s death on

“Having just woken to the news of this passing, I feel compelled to put pen to paper and pay my respects to Scott. And in that I will not pretend to know more than I know, or add some sad homily to how he loved his life. At least in that, may I now say he is undoubtably in the arms of grace and eternal love.

May I also offer my humble condolences to his family, friends, and band mates; who have, and are, suffering this great loss. For when anyone as vaunted leaves far too soon, we mourn all that might have been.

As any fan, I find myself reflecting on what I do have in my own treasure chest: in scarce moments where Scott and I spoke as contemporaries or competitors, and got to know each as people other past the footlights and shadows we were so busy casting to the world. It may seem trite in reflection, but I’d try to make him giggle when I saw that the manic whirl of the dumb parties we were at (in Hollywood, no less!) might be causing undue stress.

It was, I’d guess you’d say, my way of apology for having been so critical of STP when they appeared on the scene like some crazy, man-fueled rocket. And not only was the knight up front freshly handsome to a fault, but he could sing too! As any supreme actor gives a real and different voice to each character played.

It was STP’s 3rd album that had got me hooked, a wizardly mix of glam and post-punk, and I confessed to Scott, as well as the band many times, how wrong I’d been in assessing their native brilliance. And like Bowie can and does, it was Scott’s phrasing that pushed his music into a unique, and hard to pin down, aesthetic sonicsphere.

Lastly, I’d like to share a thought which though clumsy, I hope would please Scott In Hominum. And that is if you asked me who I truly believed were the great voices of our generation, I’d say it were he, Layne, and Kurt.

So it goes beyond tragedy to say it is we who lost them, and not the other way round…


  • — J —

    That was nice.

  • Joe Costigan

    Kind words and memories from Corgan.

  • Chapter C Cavanaugh

    These are the things that make me like Will. It’s gestures like these that remind me he’s human, where most everyone else, it would be their faults that ensure that destinction. Interesting though is this need to attach himself to this moment when he even admits the undeserved negativaty he inflicted upon Weiland. A final “sorry” to a person whose talent was undermined by his humanity? Funny coming from a guy who I’ve physically witnessed berate people for their humanity while they paid a lot of money to enjoy his demagoguery. I guess the only thing that prompts this type of attitude from Will is that Mr. Weiland was seen by him as a contemporary, a colleague, an equal, and thus my sour gut feeling about Will returns.

  • Felonious Punk

    A classy eulogy on Bill’s part. We laugh and joke about the Pumpkins’ current output, but Bill is always respectful of his peers, living or deceased. I may not like all of his music but I definitely respect the guy as an artist and a person.

  • dakotablue

    Not a fan of Corgan’s shrieking whiny vocals but at least he recognizes good voices.
    I thought of Mike Starr when I heard Weiland had died–both of them were hard-drug addicts for a long time, then got clean but died after a slip-up (Mike took some methadone and anti-anxiety pills, and it appears Scott may have used some coke). Then there’s the riveting-frontman comparison with Layne, and also the fact that Scott and Layne both lost a brother, though Layne’s brother died after him.

    RIP Scott. Thanks for the great music.

  • Breadbitten

    That was beautiful.

  • fred

    William has always been very eloquent with his words as we’ve always seen in his music. Despite the naysayers who latch onto the superficial, it’s quite evident that Corgan is and always has been very special. Once again, he shows it with his tribute to Scott.

  • Elzobub

    Billy Corgan is a fucking cock, STP were shite, and any of you idiots getting sentimental are completely stupid.

    • Ray Liptak

      I’d love to hear who you thought was good. Actually I wouldn’t because I suspect you’re a giant bag of douche.

      • Elzobub

        Hahaha! So which is it to be? I’m with him on Layne and Kurt, btw. But I think Corgan (while I love Gish through Mellon Collie Pumpkins) can’t seem to open his mouth these days without sounding like a aforementioned giant bag. He simply can’t help making a tribute to his dead colleague into a clumsily written homily about himself.

  • Sophia TV

    Well written and beautifully said…I absolutely agree that Scott, Layne, and Kurt were the voices of our generation. I feel the world is less familiar without them in it.

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